North Korean Official Blames Rising Tensions on Donald Trump's 'Aggressive' Tweets

Regarding prospects for war, Han said, "If the USA comes with reckless military maneuvers, then we will confront it with the DPRK's pre-emptive strike". But he once again stressed the gravity of the North Korean nuclear issues, expressing confidence Chinese President Xi Jinping will work to resolve them.

Earlier Friday, North Korea's Vice Minister Han Song Ryol told The Associated Press in an exclusive interview that his country will keep building up its nuclear arsenal in "quality and quantity" and said Pyongyang is ready to go to war if that's what President Donald Trump wants.

Heavy bombers are also in place in Guam and the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier strike group was diverted to the area, according to the network.

The Trump administration has warned its policy of "strategic patience" with North Korea is over.

Director of Jilin University's Institute of Northeast Asian Studies Guo Rui said that Trump's domestic troubles should prevent him taking such action, while North Korea doesn't appear to be on a war footing.

China's calls for calm come as tensions have risen with the dispatch of a U.S. aircraft carrier off the Korean Peninsula and the deployment of thousands of USA and South Korean troops, tanks and other weaponry for their biggest-ever joint military exercises, reports the Associated Press.

Mr Han, however, said North Korea blames Mr Trump and the U.S. for the rising tensions.

"I will say, I think China has really been working very hard". "Military force can not resolve the issue", Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters in Beijing, adding is was necessary to stop the situation going down an "irreversible route.".

Trump subsequently asked his advisers to give him all options for dealing with the nuclear-armed North. State media later confirmed the launch had failed.

The US dropping its largest non-nuclear bomb in Afghanistan is being interpreted as the latest warning sign, as Washington has been ratcheting up pressure over Pyongyang's nuclear threats, especially since the US' recent summit with China.

With 700,000 active troops and another 4.5 million in the reserves, North Korea can call upon nearly a quarter of its population to serve in the army at any given time. "At a time and at a place where the headquarters deems necessary, it will take place". The North's bloated army is believed to outnumber its southern neighbor's by two-to-one.

This tension also comes as Washington deploys the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in South Korea, something that has also raised concerns in Russian Federation and China.

Another big military holiday comes on April 25, when its army marks its anniversary.

Kim Jong Un at a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Pyongyang.

China suspended issuing permits for importing coal from North Korea on February 18 as part of its efforts to implement United Nations sanctions against Pyongyang.

The North conducted two such tests past year alone. North Korea's has used US' military exercises in the regions as means of galvanizing its people, claiming that the exercises are dress rehearsals for impending invasion.

On Thursday, the DPRK released another warning, saying, "By relentlessly bringing in a number of strategic nuclear assets to the Korean peninsula, the United States is gravely threatening the peace and safety and driving the situation to the brink of a nuclear war".

Trump has threatened that if Beijing isn't willing to do more to squeeze the North, the US might take the matter into its own hands.

Update (April 14 12:35 A.M.) Reuters is reporting that Vice President Mike Pence is on his way to Seoul on Sunday as the first stop of a 10 day tour of Asia.

  • Leroy Wright